We have a core team of volunteers who work alongside others who are currently not in education or employment. We have saved about £40,000 of costs due to volunteer labour and the donation of materials or services. We have also received loads of encouragement from various sorts of places. There are three phases to the project, firstly to complete the necessary remedial work, secondly to renovate the building internally and externally, then finally to fully equip the workshop.
Planning permission was granted in July 2019 with the drawing for the application completed professionally by a volunteer.
All detritus was removed including from the cellar, a job in itself filling three skips with endless runs to the recycling centre. The kitchen wall and one toilet wall were removed. External drain channels were installed to stop the ingress of damp. Door openings were widened as necessary.
WOODWORK. The ceilings, redundant timbers, damaged flooring and rotten joists were removed and the extensive woodworm was treated by a local company for no charge.
ELECTRICAL: All electrical cables and appliances were removed.
PLUMBING: Pipe work, sinks and toilets were removed.
GAS: The supply was capped off and all gas appliances removed. For environmental reasons, we are following the trend to move away from gas fired heating
ROOFING & GUTTERING: The old asbestos roof was professionally removed. It was found that the wooden purlins supporting the roof also needed replacing. Guttering was completely cleared of infilled concrete.
ROOFING & GUTTERING: The insulated roof is now in place with new steel purlins and integral skylights. Guttering has been cleared and relined with a butyl membrane with a 25 year guarantee. The building is now watertight.
PLASTERING: All internal walls are skimmed and painted.
WOODWORK. Due to wet rot and woodworm infestation some joists and flooring needed replacement. All other woodworm was treated free of charge by a local company. Door frames were fitted and new doors installed. A loft ladder was fitted to access the loft area above the toilets and entrance hall. In the workshop space a new sink unit has been installed. We have completed a glazed partition to create an area to eat and socialise and completed installing the kitchen.
FLOORING Waterproof Vinyl Click Flooring has been fitted throughout the building with matting in the entrance hall.
ELECTRICAL: All the electrical work is now completed. For safety reasons the lighting includes escape lighting to allow safe exit should mains power fail. For environmental reasons we have fitted low energy electrical lighting. This work was undertaken by a professional electrician offering his services free of charge.
HEATING: Thermostatically controlled electrical heaters are fitted throughout the building with local water heaters at both sinks. All these items were donated by a national construction company. To reduce energy use we intend to install a wood burning stove and externally insulate the walls.
PLUMBING: The plumbing to sinks, washbasins and toilets is now completed. We are making the building accessible for wheelchair users and have fitted an accessible toilet. All sanitary ware and washbasins were donated by a national construction company.
EXTERNAL WORKS: To improve access a raised pavement has been laid with tarmac put down in the adjacent car park area. We have also paved a patio area and insulated and rendered the porch.
EXTERIOR CLADDING: Having insulated the building we have now clad the building with durable fibre cement cladding boards and had a new exterior door fitted. We are now starting to equip the workshop.
Phase 3 – Fully Equip the Workshop
We have been offered free professional advice on workshop layout and have already begun to take delivery of some donated tools and equipment. Once the workshop is complete all staff have been offered certified training in using the equipment free of charge. The cost of fully equipping the workshop is estimated at a further £12,500.
Our income to date is £58,000 towards an estimated total cost of renovation of approximately £50,000. Equipping the workshop is estimated at a further £12,500 with annual utility and material costs estimated at a further £3,000. See the Finance page for fuller details.
An estimated saving of just over £40,000 has been made through the services of volunteers and the generous support of local companies who have undertaken work free of charge.
All this would not have been possible without a huge amount of support and encouragement from a wide variety of sources. So a big thankyou to:
- Our team of volunteers (whether skilled or unskilled - but always willing!)
- Our individual financial donors. Some smaller amounts and some reaching four figures but each donation much appreciated.
- The professionals who have given of their expertise free of charge.
- The companies who have supported us with donations of equipment, expertise or finance.
- The various organisations and charities that have generously made donations.